Someone in Manchester United’s media team has twitchy fingers.
On Thursday during Manchester United’s pre-match press conference, manager Louis van Gaal was previewing the Red Devils’ trip to Arsenal (Watch live, NBC, 12:30 p.m. ET and online via Live Extra) and gave an injury update.
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Manchester United then Tweeted out that van Gaal said “Daley Blind was out for six months” with a knee injury he picked up for the Netherlands against Latvia last week. Cue hysteria from United’s fans and “Breaking: Blind out for six months…” updates across the media world.
Not so fast.
That initial message regarding Blind has since been deleted by United’s Twitter account and the following quotes from van Gaal on Blind’s injury was posted on their website.
“Blind is not ready to play,” van Gaal said. “He has now a brace on his knee, 10 days’ rest, then we have to make another scan and we can say more about his injury. It’s not so bad as the doctors are thinking after the match, but it shall be a long story, I believe, but not six months or something.”
So, panic over. For now. Blind is not out for six months. The Dutch midfielder was quite surprised by an influx of messages he suddenly got regarding the misinformation and his since taken to Twitter to send out a message of his own.